Updated: Aug 22
Lets talk about what happens inside our body when you are fasting. Interestingly, a lot of phenomenon takes place in our system when we fast.
Before we get into the pros and cons , whether you should try fasting or intermittent fasting, lets talk about intermittent fasting and what it actually is.
Human fasting is not a new concept, it has been prevalent since the time we were primates. Intermittent fasting is just the re-branding of the older methods of fasting. Our bodies enter a state of fasting, every time we are asleep.
There are number of occasion where we go through a rough day where we skip meals like breakfast, stressful work schedule.
There are different types of intermittent fast and our bodies are totally capable of handling this.
Now , a lot of people make this blunder, mixing the concept of fasting and starving. The major difference between them is the strategic method of eating hours and fasting hours with appropriate macros on the meals.
Lets understand the science behind the intermittent fasting or just fasting. When you are fasting, your body uses stored nutrients and other stored form of energy in order to make your body continue to function.
On the contrary, when we starve, you have run out of those energy sources and the process of breaking down of vital tissues like organs to get the same energy.
The methods of fasting.
1. The 16:8 method- Fast for 16 hours each day
2. The 5:2 diet- Fast for two days per week
3. Alternative day fasting method.
You must be wondering how is IF (intermittent fasting beneficial to me)
There’s been a lot of proposed health benefits, they have been proved by scientists and researchers in lab test such as
· Mental Sharpness
· Optimised hormones
· Weight loss
· Lower inflammation
· Decrease in insulin
We can conclude it by saying that we live a society where most of us are prone top overeating and given this fact , a day of fast wouldn’t do much harm. It will help you in the long run.
Fasting and Ketosis have been a key to our survival from the beginning.
They helped our ancestors to survive through bouts of starvation. Today , they are being recognized as a way to help future generations mentally and physically disease free.